German CIS fellows meeting

On Saturday, January 15th, German CIS fellows (Barbara van Schewick, Stefan Bechtold, Christoph Engemann, Dan Wielsch and me) had a meeting in Berlin. After talking about anyone's education, current position, future plans "and stuff", we decided to meet twice a year in future to discuss a selected subject and hear a report on a current research project by one of the fellows. Promising !

New symposium report

In the current issue of the German information law journal "Kommunikation & Recht" you'll find a short symposium report on the 2nd Information Law Symposium about the legal aspects of "e-Gambling", organized by the Zentrum fuer Informationsrecht (Center of Information Law) of the Heinrich-Heine-University at Duesseldorf (pp. 30-32).

Book Review: Hummel, Konrad, Das Recht der behoerdlichen Regelungsexperimente. (Duncker & Humblot, Berlin 2003), in: DIE VERWALTUNG Vol. 37 (2004), pp. 578-581.

"e-Gambling" als Herausforderung an das Recht. 2. Duesseldorfer Informationsrechtstag des Zentrums fuer Informationsrecht der Heinrich-Heine-Universitaet Duesseldorf, in: KOMMUNIKATION & RECHT 2005, pp. 30-32. (Symposium report: legal aspects of "e-Gambling")

Oscar Wilde vor Gericht. Der Verleumdungsprozess gegen den Marquess of Queensberry und die beiden Prozesse gegen Oscar Wilde wegen schwerer Unzucht (1895). In: Vormbaum, Thomas (Ed.), Jahrbuch der Juristischen Zeitgeschichte, Vol. 5. Berlin 2004, pp. 676-707. (On the Oscar Wilde trials)

Post India Blog: Pollution Ups and Downs

I don't believe that increased population necessarily means greater pollution. Consider the case of New Delhi. A decade ago when I visited New Delhi, the air was foul. But the air was, at least to the eye, much clearer at the beginning of 2005. Why the transformation? Many attribute the improvement to the local regulation requiring buses and taxis (including the ubiquitous 3-wheeler tuk-tuks) to switch their fuel to CNG (compressed natural gas). So a major apparent success.

Brave Iraqis and Americans Seek Democracy


Under threat of violent reprisal, some Iraqis will venture out to vote. And American soldiers in an all-volunteer army, and Iraqi guardsmen and women, will seek to protect the Iraqis as they do so.

We should applaud such courage.


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